Leicester City pay moving tribute to Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha as they return home

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King Power Stadium

Leicester players led thousands of fans on a walk from the centre of the city to the club's stadium as soccer returned home for the first time since the death of the owner who oversaw the team's transformation into improbable English Premier League champions.

There was a subdued atmosphere but pockets of chanting, including "We love you Leicester, we do", "I'm Leicester till I die" and simply "Vichai".

Former managers Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Nigel Pearson were also in attendance for the game.

"It does reconnect on how important football is to communities".

And there were tributes to the 65-year-old in emotional scenes before kick-off.

On Friday, the club announced plans to erect a statue of Vichai at the stadium.

"We will never be able to repay what he did for us - for me as his son, us as his family, everyone connected to Leicester City and beyond - but we are committed to honouring his memory and upholding his legacy", Aiyawatt wrote in Saturday's match programme.

In the first half of the match, Leicester's players had their former owner's name embroidered on their shirts, before they swapped to shirts with an embroidered poppy in commemoration of Remembrance Sunday in the second half.

The club officially confirmed the tragic news on the following evening, with many Leicester City players taking to social media to offer their respects. "It is something that will stay with me, unfortunately".

The LCFC Foxes Foundation, which has raised nearly £2M for local charities since its formation in 2011/12, has been renamed in honour of Khun Vichai, whose generosity saw him make over £4M in personal donations to local hospitals, universities and charities in recent years.

Once the game got underway, Leicester dominated the opening 30 minutes or so, and but for Matt Lowton clearing off the line from Jamie Vardy, the woodwork thwarting a Rachid Ghezzal a header from and Joe Hart producing a good save to deny Demarai Gray the Clarets could have found themselves trailing for the fourth game in a row.

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